Dumping getting 'more brazen' in Kilkenny, with public bins 'full of domestic waste'

New litter management plan to include review of litter bins and improving aesthetics of bottle banks

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Rubbish at Kilkenny city  bottle bank

FILE PIC: The new draft litter management plan includes establishing a programme to rebrand bottle banks

Certain individuals are putting their household waste in public bins to avoid charges, while illegal dumping has become more brazen in recent times, local councillors have said.

At Friday’s Kilkenny City Municipal District meeting, environmental awareness officer Bernadette Moloney briefed members on the Draft Litter Management Plan 2018-2020, which is currently in a phase of public consultation. The council has outlined 37 ‘actions’ it feels are required in this area over the next three years.

The proposed actions include a review of the number, use and locations of street litter bins countywide, and the establishment of a capital programme to fund a litter bin upgrade schedule.

“Litter bins in smaller towns and villages are looking a bit worse for wear,” said Ms Moloney.

“In Kilkenny City, we’ve had a replacement programme. We need to review the state of bins and may have to replace them.”

Another action involves the establishment of a multi-annual capital programme to fund the rebranding of the county’s bottle bank network to improve their aesthetics.

Cllr Patrick O’ Neill said there was an issue in Bennettsbridge whereby the inserts of the bins were rusted and worn. But the problem of illicit dumping is also proving a challenge.

“The public at the moment don’t want any bins in place — they’re full of domestic waste,” he said.

“We all have a fair idea of who’s doing it. It’s a complete nightmare. The Tús workers are onto me weekly.”

He also said the bottle banks were a big issue.

“I agree they need a freshen up, but we need to review the capacity,” he said.

“We need to increase collections or bring new banks in. They’re constantly overflowing, and there’s broken glass there — it’s not ideal near the GAA club.”

Responding, Ms Moloney said that in relation to domestic rubbish, if the council was made aware of some housing estates or general areas, they can target that with door-to-door engagement. She acknowledged the issue was part of the litter bin review.

“On bottle banks — we appreciate they look tatty so delighted about the rebranding,” she said.

“We’re going to be looking at overhead signage, making sure there’s a strong enforcement message. We are doing a review and we can have a look at the collection rate and the capacity.”

Cllr David Kennedy was concerned about fly-tipping.

“Dumping used to be the back roads, but now it’s on the main roads,” he said.

“It is getting more brazen.”

Ms Moloney agreed with this, and said the public should feel confident to call the council’s litter hotline on 1800-200-156.